I was on a hunt for the perfect winter boots recently. If you live in Southampton, you know what a ridiculous amount of rain the area gets, it literally pours down all day some days! I had no water proof shoes, and was getting tired of walking around in damp cold dolly shoes. Even my Primark boots have a gigantic hole in the bottom so they let the water in, and are barley wearable now!
My first stop for clothing would usually be Primark, but I needed some decent shoes that would last me a couple of years, and although they had some really stylish ones which I really wanted, I forced myself to walk away from them, knowing the sole of them would crack in a few months and would be a waste of money. I hunted around online but it was tricky as you couldn't really try them on for fit, and I needed comfy ones I could walk around in.
On a spur of the moment after uni trip into town with my friend Caroline, I headed into Topshop as they were recently offering 20% off for students, perfect to get some money off some boots. The ones I saw online didn't look like the photos and I didn't really like them, but I tried on a couple of styles. The shop assistant was so rude to me; (the shop assistant I had to walk across the entire store to find with a boot in my hand to ask her for the size, as there was nobody on the shoes. I found this really unusual as working in Next we always have at least 2 staff on the shoe department ready to help people wanting to try on!) Anyway. It almost put me off buying shoes in there altogether. She literally waited next to me and watch me try them on which made me feel very uncomfortable, and so I took my business elsewhere! Not before getting a couple of bracelets of course, I wanted to take advantage of the student discount!
I have A LOT of jewellery, but I felt not enough bracelets! I really wanted a spike one as they're everywhere at the moment, and I loved the skull bangle, it looks quite gothic and individual which is very on trend right now, and I could add them easily to any outfit.
I was prepared to spend more then I usually would for decent boots that would last, so we headed to Office. I walk past the shop every Saturday going to work and dribble over the shoes in the window, but never actually been in! I knew they had some great boots, but I wasn't sure if it was going to be too pricey for my student budget of £60. I went in and immediately saw some black Chelsea style boots with a heel, and fell in love with them. Luckily they had my size, as soon as I tried them on I knew I needed to buy them! The shop assistants were so lovely and friendly, and more then happy to help me, and even complimented me on the boots as I tried them! They were £65, which yes was a very high price to me for some shoes, but they did student discount, and even gave me the student lock in discount a day early because the manager was so nice! So I actually got them for £52, saving me £13 which I was chuffed about!
They are absolutely perfect, and exactly what I wanted. I couldn't be happier! They're not real leather but I can tell they will last at least a year with the thick heel and soles. I've worn them pretty much every day since I got them, they go with everything and look really smart dressed up or down, and they're sooo comfy. I bought heeled boots before and they have literally made my feet bleed, but I can easily walk around all day in these, and they fit my feet really well. Highly recommend Office for your winter footwear! :)